PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal relaxes on a yacht with friends

Rafael Nadal will be back in action in just a couple of weeks time but is taking a short break to recharge his batteries before the North American summer hard-court season. He was spotted on his yacht enjoying some time with friends in Spain.

Photos via Rafamania Facebook

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PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal loses in five-set thriller against Gilles Muller at Wimbledon 2017

Rafael Nadal lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon to Gilles Muller on Manic Monday. Muller defeated our champ 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 in a match that lasted almost five hours.

Rafa, seeded fourth, dropped the opening set, ending a winning streak of 28 consecutive sets at majors.

After the match, Rafa said:

He played well. I think I didn’t play my best the first two sets. I was all the time against the score and that’s so difficult against a player like him. He played great, especially in the fifth set. It probably was not my best match but at the same time I played against a very uncomfortable opponent.

I lost in the fourth round, not a result I was expecting. It’s tough to analyse that in a positive way right now. I won matches, I played better than other years, that’s true but at the same time I was ready for other things. I missed an opportunity.

Muller will next face Marin Cilic, who beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.

The crowd really wanted Rafa to win. He received a standing ovation and rapturous applause after the match. Stay healthy Rafa and take a good rest  after all your achievements this year! Always with you!

PHOTOS: Rafa Mania hits Wimbledon again

Some people think that Rafael Nadal’s match is not scheduled on Center Court today because Andy Murray and Rogger Federer attract more fans at Wimbledon, but here is the proof that our champ has many loyal fans, too.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Karen Khachanov in 3rd round of 2017 Wimbledon

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon on Friday by beating Karen Khachanov 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(3) in two hours and 14 minutes on Centre Court.

Rafa now won 28 consecutive completed sets in Grand Slam play, having won the title in Paris without dropping a set for the third time in his career and won all three of his matches in London in straight sets.

He has matched his own personal record of 28 – a run that stretched from the quarterfinals at 2010 Wimbledon through to the final at the 2010 US Open.

After the match, Rafa said:

I played fantastic for a set and a half but it got tougher after that. He started to hit stronger so I was happy to get through in three sets.

I think I played some good shots from the forehand and backhand. I’m happy about almost everything.

Rafa fired 7 aces to Karen’s 13.  He hit 41 winners compared to Karen’s 33, and made 19 unforced errors to his opponent’s 35. Our champ won a total of 112 points to the Russian’s 85.

Rafa capitalised on 4 of his 15 chances for break, while Karen converted 1 of his 5 break points.

The 15-time Grand Slam champion will next face Gilles Muller on Monday in the fourth round.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Donald Young to reach Wimbledon third round

Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal had little trouble advancing to the third round, defeating American Donald Young in straight sets on Center Court. He won 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 in two hours, 11 minutes.

Our champ broke in the opening game of the first and second set as Donald struggled with Rafa’s net play. Donald battled fiercely in the third, and earned his first break of serve for 5-5, but Rafa broke back instantly and then served out the match at the second attempt.

Rafa served only four aces, but he had 38 winners and 16 unforced errors. Donald had 31 winners and 22 unforced errors.

After the match, Rafa said:

I’m happy now, it’s great to be back in the third round without losing a set. I take it easy now, just trying to enjoy every moment. I’m having a great season.

Rafa will play Russian Karen Khachanov, ranked 34, in the third round. The 21-year-old Muscovite beat Brazilian Thiago Monteiro in four sets.

PHOTOS: Roger Federer watching Rafael Nadal practice

Photos from Rafael Nadal’s practice session on Wednesday. Roger Federer was at Aorangi Park too and he got another chance to see how hard Rafa works during the practice.

Wimbledon 2017: Tuesday practice photos and video

Rafael Nadal practises at Aorangi Park ahead of his second-round Wimbledon clash with Donald Young on Wednesday.